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Why do the hotels in Europe contunue to have two single beds stuck together?

Why do the hotels in Europe contunue to have two single beds stuck together?

May 13th, 2003, 06:38 AM
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Why do the hotels in Europe contunue to have two single beds stuck together?

Hotels in the rest of the world have moved into the 21st century with king and queen sized beds, pillowtopped mattresses, 100 channels of cable TV, high speed internet and voice mail.

Not in most European Hotels!

Most European hotels continue to offer two SINGLE BEDS stuck together and lack of much else.

I am 6 feet four and get tired of my legs going off the mattress, or my snoring traveling companion just inches away.

Why can't the hotels in Europe move to larger queen and king sized beds and move them a few feet away from each other.

The ugly american traveler!
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May 13th, 2003, 06:44 AM
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Well, I'm no hotel or bed expert, but it just seems like common sense to me. If you put two beds in a room you can offer it as either a two-single-bed room or a one-double-bed room. It's called flexibility and I would imagine it helps to sell rooms.

As for the other amenities, if you want 100 channels of cable tv, high-speed internet, and voice mail, there are plenty of European hotels that have those if you're willing to pay the price. A lot of people, myself included, don't go to Europe to play with electronics, though.
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May 13th, 2003, 06:49 AM
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These hotels put the single beds together to make one large bed because sometimes there are 2 (or 3) individuals sharing one room. Therefore, the beds can be split up for these guests.

And I find that I don't need 100 cable TV channels when I'm in Europe-I am visiting to enjoy the places I'm in and not going to stay in my hotel room trying to watch TV. And I'm not there to do work so I don't need high speed internet connections.

Since you do not favor the typical European hotel (= charming hotel in my opinion), you need to stay in the large chain hotels such as Hilton, Marriott, etc. (i.e. charmless hotels).
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May 13th, 2003, 06:57 AM
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My pet peeve about European hotels is that they only allow 2 or 3 people per room. It's just their way of making money because families of 4 or more - need to pay for 2 rooms! and their prices for a room are the same as in the States.
 
May 13th, 2003, 07:07 AM
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I really do not believe the hotels are trying to make money by limiting room occupancy to 3 people. Three people is more than enough-you do realize European hotel rooms are pretty small. Even triple sized rooms are small many times.

You know, you guys need to stay in chain hotels and maybe they'll satisfy your needs, otherwise, don't expect the European hotels to be the same as US hotels. Or just stay in the US.
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May 13th, 2003, 07:14 AM
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No - even chain hotels only allow 2-3 people per room. I can fit 1 adult and 1 child in a twin bed very easily, but the hotels will not allow it. Has anyone ever sneeked 4 or more people into a room in Europe? Just because I don't like having to pay for 2 rooms when I could very easily use 1 room, doesn't mean I should stay home. I might not like it, but I do as the Romans do. I adapt to anything.
 
May 13th, 2003, 07:17 AM
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Okay, then please don't complain.
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May 13th, 2003, 07:17 AM
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Donnabee--There are plenty of hotels that allow 4 to a room...we have 2 children and have always managed to find hotels with quad rooms without looking very hard.
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May 13th, 2003, 07:22 AM
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It's true what mms says. In Paris, for example, there are quite a few small hotels that do offer quads. And the cost for these quad rooms are not really that high.
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May 13th, 2003, 07:24 AM
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The last I heard Hawaii was still in the US and they won't allow more than three in a room. This possibly is true in other states as well.

Obviously twin beds allow flexibility, in that they can serve as a "double" or for two travelers wishing their own bed, two singles.

I doubt a queen and certainly not a king bed would fit in many of the rooms we have stayed in.

I will never understand why people who travel feel that things should be the same at their destinations abroad as they are where they live. The differences, IMHO, are part of what makes travel so interesting!
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May 13th, 2003, 07:26 AM
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ok - then I guess I am spoiled, because the hotels that offer quads - don't have the amenities I want. I will just keep paying for 2 rooms, or this time, I just might sneek my one child in and see what happens : )
 
May 13th, 2003, 07:29 AM
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Donnabee: Your contention that European hotels don't allow four people in a room is totally spurious. Our family of four has been traveling in Europe yearly for more than a decade and except in very few circumstances where we didn't plan in advance, have stayed in one, large room (in France, Spain, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland) or two rooms connected with a single entrance. And no, we didn't sneek into them.
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May 13th, 2003, 07:31 AM
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I have been to Hawaii many times and they will allow 4 in a room at most resorts--I have never rented 2 rooms in Hawaii for my family of 4. As far Europe, there are hotels which allow 4 in a room, but you do really have to look for them. Here, if the beds aren't big enough, I just make my kids sleep on the floor with a blanket--they do this volunatarily at home sometimes when they have friends over so it's not like they mind. In Europe, you have to search out a hotel that has a room for 4 or get 2 rooms. That is why I have never tried travelling without reservations in Europe.
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May 13th, 2003, 07:36 AM
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My fiancé and I can fit into a single airplane seat (if I sit on his knee) so does that mean we should only have to pay for one ticket instead of two?
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May 13th, 2003, 07:40 AM
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In terms of the ORIGINAL thought on this post...the simple answer is don't stay in those hotels in Europe or anywhere else that don't offer queen or king beds....certainly not a problem in larger cities in Europe and usually not a problem in better-known "chain" types of hotels.

I suspect the fact that a lot of European hotels still offer what some refer to as a "French double" bed (the two beds put together) is part of that mystical "local culture" so many people here seem to want to get closer to. Unfortunately, like everywhere else, some of the culture is great and some isn't!
 
May 13th, 2003, 07:42 AM
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No because it's dangerous in case you crash on landing or take-off. And besides, I expect you'd hit your head on the overhead locker in turbulence.

Silly example really.... As long as no extras are taken e.g. more breakfasts than the room allows, where's the problem??
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May 13th, 2003, 07:44 AM
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I can only speak from personal experience in Hawaii. Had a problem in Honolulu trying to get three adults and an 18 month old in one room. They stated emphatically that only three were allowed in a room.
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May 13th, 2003, 08:02 AM
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May 13th, 2003, 08:10 AM
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The original poster was complaining about beds in US hotel rooms last month.
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May 13th, 2003, 08:18 AM
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obxgirl:

Yes, and he/she also topped an old thread that was critical of European hotel rooms. (It's called something like, "Don't tell me European hotels are as good as American hotels.")

Obviously, bunchargum has a real problem with hotel rooms. Maybe bunchargum should just stay home and sleep in his/her own bed until he/she can get a grip. At the very least, stay home until you can find some way to avoid giving the rest of us who aren't self-labeled "ugly American travelers" a bad name.

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